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Testosterone levels can affect many areas of your life. Select testosterone if you are concerned about:

  • muscle strength
  • sex drive
  • sperm production

Sexual medicine promotes sexuality and disease awareness and prevention. Sexual disorders in men include:

  • sexual desire disorders
  • premature ejaculation
  • erectile dysfunction
  • priapism (prolonged erection)

Heart disease is the number one killer of men. Select this section if you are concerned about:

  • high blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • making healthy lifestyle choices
  • heart attack and stroke risks

The prostate helps control the flow of urine and produces semen. Diseases that can affect the prostate are:

  • prostate cancer
  • benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • prostate infection (prostatitis)

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males aged 15–34.

Select this section for more information on testicular cancer causes, treatments and therapies.

Our bones lose density as we age. Osteoporosis can be attributed to:

  • decreased bone mass
  • changes in levels of testosterone and estrogen
  • some prescription medicines
  • poor diet, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle choices

Healthy living means promoting mental health as well as physical. Learn more about stresses and challenges that men of all ages face.

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Men are 40% more likely to die from cancer than women.

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Stress in adolescence

This is an important age for young men because it's when lifelong habits and behaviours are formed.  Significant growth occurs as youth develop their identity and social skills.  If a young man experiences consistent and repeated fear, worry, or uneasiness, it can inhibit his development.  In some cases, the stress may contribute to an anxiety disorder which can lead to:

  • Repeated school absences or an inability to finish school
  • Impaired relations with friends and family
  • Low self-esteem
  • Alcohol or other drug-use
  • Problems adjusting to work situations
  • Anxiety disorder in adulthood

Did you know?

Studies suggest that young men are more likely to bully or be bullied, and this can contribute to anxiety.

What can be done?

While some stress is a healthy response to daily activities, excessive and repeated stress should be handled with special attention.  For parents or caregivers, be aware of your own level of stress as young men often perceive and internalize some of their parents’ stress.  Traumatic events such as illness or death in the family should be discussed.  Young men are prone to internalizing concerns rather than voicing them, so it's very important to be open with your feelings as this may help them open up about their own.  Good communication will help to ensure that as your son grows up, he'll be more willing to communicate his anxieties. Other things parents can do to help stress is to make sure that their children are physically healthy, including proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise. 

If the problem becomes serious, discuss your concerns with your doctor, as they will be able to suggest a proper diagnosis or refer you to a specialist.  These professionals will be able to offer different possible treatments:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy – a psychological treatment that addresses the interactions between how we think, feel and behave
  • Relaxation techniques – such as meditation, deep breathing and visualization
  • Biofeedback – a process that enables an individual to learn how to change physiological activity for the purposes of improving health and performance
  • Family therapy – working with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development
  • Medication
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